Friday, April 1, 2011

Men of Montedoro

April 2011 Issue ContentsFeature Article
By Thomas Hunt and Michael A. Tona

Near the turn of the Twentieth Century, Pennsylvania's northeastern coal fields became home to numerous immigrants from the Sicilian sulfur mining regions. Their trip across the Atlantic resulted in modest lifestyle improvements, but the new Americans still were plagued by perilous working conditions, abusive management and a ruthless Mafia organization.

Men of Montedoro

By Thomas Hunt
and Michael A. Tona

Rosario "Russell" Bufalino
"About one hundred and thirty miles west of New York City, an underworld organization took root in the early-1900s Italian coal-mining communities of northeastern Pennsylvania. The shadowy organization known as 'the Men of Montedoro' played an important role in the development of the American Mafia, serving as an adhesive force between the New York City and Buffalo Mafia clans, leading organized crime into the lucrative field of labor racketeering and blurring the boundary between underworld rackets and legitimate enterprises..."

Thirty-two pages, including a one-page sidebar, twenty-one images, three maps, a family tree and four and a half pages of notes.

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